Victoria BurgeBrooklyn, NY
My most recent body of work relies on old books. Each page, whether it be from an encyclopedia, a car mechanics repair manual, or a volume of poetry, carries an alternate world of visual pattern and imagery that becomes deciphered thru drawing.
Different sections of a book create various scenarios. The Flyleaf, in its emptiness, becomes a botanistís transparency. Drawings of simple organic forms and cellular structures float to the papers surface, frozen, in the small confined spaces of each sheet.
The Page of Contents becomes a place for uncomplicated, seemingly, child-like subjects. Sets of white linens find their laundry lines between the predictable spacing of punctuation and letters. The pages of text turn into maps. Constellations, for example, arrange themselves amongst the words, every letter "O"; a potential star. These drawings are an experiment in physical and visual recycling. They are a study in metamorphosis; an exploration in reconstruction; a test of both imagination and serendipitous formulation.
Victoria Burge's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings